Health
 Guatemala
Project #2394

Family Planning for Guatemalans Living in Poverty

by WINGS

Summary

Provides poor, rural and indigenous Guatemalans with access to short and long-term family planning methods. Family planning allows couples to freely determine the number and spacing of their children.
$40,000
total goal
$4,897
remaining
394
donors
3
monthly donors
7
years active

Challenge

More than 50 per cent of Guatemalans live in poverty and one in 2 children under five years old is physically or mentally stunted due to chronic malnutrition. Maternal mortality rates are the highest in Latin America. The combination of poverty and lack of family planning services creates a vicious cycle in which families sink further into destitution, increasingly unable to meet their basic needs as the number of dependents increases.

Solution

WINGS helps to break this cycle by subsidizing contraception and ensuring that family planning services are accessible to even the most impoverished members of local communities. Utilizing mobile medical units and a network of over 60 volunteer Family Planning Promoters, WINGS' staff travel to some of the country's most isolated and impoverished communities to provide family planning education and a range of heavily-subsidized contraceptive methods.

Long-Term Impact

Family planning greatly improves maternal and child health and alleviates the strain on household resources, making it possible for families to to meet their basic needs and lift themselves out of poverty. Girls are more likely to attend school when families have fewer children, and the burden on natural and public resources is massively reduced as population increase slows.

Resources

http:/​/​www.wingsguate.org
WINGS' Family Planning Homepage
Population Reference Bureau-Guatemala Profile
Guatemala Country Profile (US Dept of State)

Organization Information

WINGS

Location: Antigua, N/A - Guatemala
Website: http:/​/​www.wingsguate.org
Project Leader:
Sally Parmelee
Development Coordinator
Antigua, Guatemala
$35,103 raised of $40,000 goal
 
580 donations
$4,897 to go
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